Recreation Sites and Trails

Elk Creek Campground

Site Description

Elk Creek Campground is a Recreation Sites & Trails BC site maintained by Sayward Futures Society. It is a small site of seven campsites located on Highway 19 near the Sayward Junction. There is no charge for using this site, however, donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at Ocean View Gifts & Gallery.

Elk Creek Campground is closed and gated from November to April.

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Driving Directions to Elk Creek Campground

From Campbell River:

Turn left approximately 750 meters after the Sayward Junction intersection. It is near where the highway’s speed limit increases from 80 Km/hr to 100 Km/Hr.

From Port Hardy:

Turn right approximately 750 meters before the Sayward Junction intersection. It is near where the highway’s speed limit drops from 100 Km/Hr to 80 Km/hr.

The Sayward Futures Society manages three small campgrounds and one day use site in this area. They are:

Elk Creek Campground (Details above).
2 km north of the Sayward Junction
7 sites

Stewart Lake Campground
30 km from the Sayward Junction
5 sites
Fishing, canoeing, trails

Tlowils Lake Campground
21 km from the Sayward Junction
5 sites
Fishing, canoeing

Santa Maria Day Use Site
7 km from the Sayward Junction
No overnight camping
Fishing, canoeing

All of these sites can be found in Recreation Sites and Trails BC. (NOT in BC Parks) They all have pit toilets, tables and fire rings and there are no fees or registrations or reservations. Users must bring their own firewood.
They are user-maintained, meaning campers should clean up after themselves and pack out their garbage. (I don't recall seeing any garbage cans at either of the sites I visited earlier this week.)

Please Note:  Signage to the sites is, in some cases, sub-standard and the facilities within the sites (i.e. the picnic tables) need some major repair. We are currently trying to determine responsibility for these last two items. It is not recommended that persons with larger RVs use the Tlowils lake or Stewart Lake campgrounds as the individual sites are very small (suitable for a tent or a camper) and the road access is by logging roads which are steep and narrow in many places.

Mt. H’Kusam, Bill’s Trail